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Sinclair requires TV stations, including KOMO, to air segments that tilt to the right

A must-read from The New York Times. “Eight current and former KOMO employees describe a newsroom where some have chafed at Sinclair’s programming directives, especially must-runs pieces, which they view as too politically tilted and occasionally of poor quality.”

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What everyone watching Republicans debate on Fox Noise should keep in mind

Media Matters reminds us that appearing reasonable on debate night is part of Fox’s strategy to rebuild its diminished reputation. But no one should be fooled: Fox remains a propaganda arm of the Republican Party. It’s not a news network.



Conservatives are not looking to make education more rigorous and informative, or science more empirical or verifiable, or voting more representative, or the government more efficient or effective. They just want all those things to reinforce their partisan ideological conservative viewpoint. Because in their mind, the opposite of bad isn’t good. The opposite of bad is conservative. The opposite of wrong isn’t right … it’s right wing!

— The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, hammering Fox Noise Channel’s nonstop anger: “Even watching it is killing me” (via Raw Story).

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Lacking all self-awareness, Fox now calling Obama obstructionist

The Fox Noise Channel does revionist history better than anyone else. Once an election is over, they can (and do) turn on a dime. If Republicans control an institution, they defend it; otherwise they attack it. The only branch of government now controlled at the federal level by Democrats is the presidency, so Fox is going all-out to make Obama the villain in every way possible.


Let’s face it: The Republican Party is no longer a broad-based conservative party in the historically accepted sense. It is an oligarchy with a well-developed public relations strategy designed to soothe and anesthetize its followers with appeals to tradition, security, and family even as it pursues a radical agenda that would transform the country into a Dickensian corporatocracy at home and a belligerent military empire abroad.

— Former Republican congressional staff Mike Lofgren, denouncing the GOP as a graveyard of progress in his new book The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.